Jay-Z, Leroy “Pistol” Gordon, J. Prince’s right-hand man Tony “Big Chief” Randle and Gordon’s friend P. Woods, photographed during a visit to the Rap-A-Lot Records compound in Houston, Texas in 1996.
This unseen picture of Hov comes via Cashville Ten-A-Key’s own Pistol, who was once a member of Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records. He was signed to the label in 1994, and released his debut studio album "Hittin’ Like a Bullet" later that year.
J. Prince’s success in building one of the first independent rap labels outside of New York or Los Angeles had always greatly impressed a young Jay, and the Rap-A-Lot Records mentality influenced the early workings of Roc-A-Fella Records. #jayz @leroygordon72 #rapalot @rapalotrecords #1996 #rocafella